Most obviously the study of History can lead you to a range of career options related to the study and interpretation of the past. Generally, Historians undertake study at university. Most universities give students the option of studying History as part of their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Many Historians develop their specialities by in further study, either for a Masters degree or a PhD. Unlike many professions, however, some Historians learn their skills on the job. Most Historians develop an area of speciality. This might as broad as Australian History or as focused as a suburb, a sport, political movements and ideas, immigration.
Historians work in a range of settings and the work they undertake is very varied. The two main categories are:
- Academic historians work as lecturers and researchers in universities around the world.
- Professional Historians undertake work in local, state and federal government organisations and departments, in museums, galleries and the heritage sector or carry out commissioned research into companies, towns or organisations. Other professional historians work in the media, as writers and as consultants.
Other careers closely linked to history include:
- Museum curators
- Heritage consultants
Ace Day Jobs: Historian
Kate Fielding is 28 years old, hip hop MC, professional historian and Executive Officer of the History Council of Victoria. This short film explains why she loves her job.
History Departments in Victorian Universities